Reviewed by Joe Huber
EXHAUST (OKAZU Brand, 1 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, 15-30 minutes; ¥1980/ about $15)
There is a special skill in designing simple games that have more to them than first meets the eye. One of the best examples of this in my opinion is Geschenkt (a.k.a. No Thanks), where nothing more than a consecutively numbered deck of cards and a bunch of chips make for one of the more compelling games around. But there are plenty of examples around, and designers keep coming up with interesting new ones. Exhaust, the latest design from Hisashi Hayashi (known for games such as Yokohama), is another entry into the field. And on the face of it, there’s even less there than in most of these games.